Spurs break slump, sweep Grizzlies behind Duncan and Ginobili
After losing to straight games, the San Antonio Spurs were determined to get back to the win column against a Memphis Grizzlies squad, who has been surging lately.
Tony Parker helped the Spurs on fast start, scoring 11 points in the first quarter, to help San Antonio take a 27-21 lead after one.
The Grizzlies controlled the second quarter to take a 49-40 lead, before Boris Diaw rattled off five straight points to put the Spurs within 45-49 at the break.
The second half was different story, Tim Duncan scored 14 points, and Manu Ginobili added seven points in the third period as the Spurs outscored the Grizzlies 37-25 and build an 82-74 lead entering the fouth quarter.
San Antonio kept pounding the Grizzlies early in the fourth, and seem to be in full controll of the game before Memphis went on an 11-0 run that cut the Spurs lead 94-92 with 2:27 left in the game.
However, that was the closest Memphis could get.
Duncan and Ginobili combined to score 11 San Antonio points in the final 1:51 minutes to help the Spurs (41-16) carve out a 107-97 victory and move 1/2 game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder for first seed in the West.
Duncan finished with a game-high 28 points, 12 boards and two blocks, Ginobili added 20 points, six rebounds and four assists and Parker scored 13 points, redeeming themselves a night after being defeated by the Kobe Bryant-less Los Angeles Lakers.
Rudy Gay led Memphis with 19 points, Marreese Speights added 15 points and seven rebounds, Marc Gasol had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Zach Randoph chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds off the Grizzlies bench.
Memphis had their four-game winning streak halted after their rally from a late 14-point deficit fizzled in the final minutes, they fell 1 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the No. 4 playoff seed in the West. It was only the third loss in 12 games for the Grizzlies since the return of Randolph in the lineup.
The Spurs, who completed a four-game season sweep against the Grizzlies will return to action on Saturday night, when they host the Phoenix Suns.
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)